9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN22 Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 HIV - Aids Building I, 2E4

HIV/AIDS risk perception among HIV positive women

This paper is based on a study of 143 HIV positive women attending an out-patient consultation in a public hospital in Lisbon.
Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews in hospital context during the last semester of 2007.
Main results: HIV/AIDS risk perception was associated by 60.8% of the interviewees to social consequences of AIDS, such as discrimination or withdrawal of the infected people; only 60.5% of the women had accurate information on HIV/AIDS and only 72.1% of these infected women have informed new sexual partners about her HIV status.
The implication of risk HIV perception on behavior, health policy and health information campaigns are discussed.